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Diabetes monitor to send text alerts

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Healthcare professionals could soon receive texts warning them that a diabetes patient is suffering dangerously low blood sugar levels.

Scientists from Swansea University have been working with technology companies to develop a new hi-tech diabetes monitor.

They hope to create a device that can alert staff or next of kin via SMS message if a person is at risk of experiencing a hypoglycaemic attack.

The project is being developed in Wales and is being backed by the Welsh Government’s EU funded Academic Expertise for Business programme.

Current glucose-monitoring methods used by diabetes patients include the “finger stick” meter, which may need to be carried out up to 10 times a day.

According to Dr Vincent Teng, a nanoelectronics expert from Swansea University’s College of Engineering, the unit they are developing will be pain-free and non-invasive.

The main goal of the £470,000 project is to use sensors and mobile networks to create a “low-cost continuous monitoring system”.

Micro-needles less than 1mm will collect blood samples from the dermal layer of a patient’s skin.

Then, with the support of wireless mobile technology and nanotechnology, the readings will be transmitted from the monitor to mobile phones and to the medical team in charge of the patient’s care.

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  • Hi
    I am not a Health Care Professional, any more, I am a person who has had Type I Diabetes for almost 40 years, and am fit and health.
    I wanted to say that this monitor sounds wonderful...but..but...but...it seems more designed for people other than the actual Diabetic patient...who cares for themselves...on a day by day..hour by hour...minute by minute basis...We have the responsibility for ourselves...we need to know if our blood sugar is low...we are the ones who take care of ourselves.
    Now, so long as the manufacturers know this and design this equipment for the actual person involved...then all is well...it is a good idea that also...as an extra...a message can be sent to a relative.or someone else...but again..it is the actual Diabetic patient who is responsible for their own health in the end.
    Thank you for reading my message.
    Good luck to the manufacturers, I have been hoping for somthing that would monitor continuous blood sugar levels...like this..maybe in the form of a watch...for a long long time...

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